I Love Books: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Mi bonita amiga, Señorita Julie Brown, recommended this book to me a few days ago, saying that “the plot is about this nerdy fat lovable Domincan boy’s life” and that “the prose is wonderful.”  Written by Junot Diaz, this book is lovely and terrifying and heartbreaking.  It details the life of Oscar, an overweight, comic book reading, Dominican nerd who is obsessed with women but can’t get any.  It tracks backward into the family’s history, living in the Dominican Republic during the rule of the dictator Trujillo, an absolutely horrible man.  Diaz does a wonderful job of giving an insight into the life of a Dominican family; the tragedy of living under Trujillo, and the bad luck that follows this family from the Dominican to New Jersey.  As Julie said, the prose is wonderful.


I can’t say enough great things about this book.  I couldn’t put it down. Luckily for me I read faster than the speed of light, so I had finished it in the course of two days, but unluckily for me, that meant it was over.  I wish this book could continue on forever, but of course they never do.  I seriously recommend this book to anyone, you won’t regret it.


5 thoughts on “I Love Books: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  1. I know I did such a bad job of explaining this book on Facebook chat. You did a much, much better job than me. I love how Diaz made me really feel Oscar’s heart ache and the agony of living in a dictatorship like Trujillo’s. Obviously, I shouldn’t have been an English major but I am glad you loved this book enough to give it it’s own special blog post. That’s what I should have said: once you read this book you will want to write a blog post about it. It’s that good.

    1. You did a great job explaining it, I wasn’t making fun! I was just trying to show the world how expert your opinion is! I think my favorite portion of the story was with Beli in the DR, because it was so tragic, but also with Lola and Yunior, because you know I love a good love (sort of) story.

    2. Also, he wrote another book, I’m reading some more Hemingway (I’m such a weirdo) and then I’m going to read the next book by him. I’m excited!

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